May 24, 2022

Two Large Academic Libraries Announce Partnerships with Digital Public Library of America

NOTE: The DPLA prototype launch is scheduled to take place this Thursday and Friday in Boston. A live stream will be available.

In the past couple of days announcements about two more DPLA partners.

1.  University of Virginia Contributes To The Digital Public Library Of America

“The Digital Public Library of America launches next week and the University of Virginia is contributing the Holsinger Studio Collection to it. The collection is a photographic record of life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”

Learn More about the Holsinger Studio Collection

Search the Holsinger Collection (via UVA Virgo Catalog)

2. University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Library Partners With The Digital Public Library Of America

The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is joining with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to provide online access to thousands of historical materials archived at Illinois. As part of the cooperative partnership, the University Library will contribute metadata for 15 of its digital image collections.

Premier collections include the Motley Collection of Theatre and Costume Design (costume and set designs by the Motley Group, whose designs were used in productions on Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City); Portraits of Actors, 1720-1920 (includes almost 3,500 pictures of actors-studio portraits, the majority are British and American actors who worked between about 1770 and 1893); Historical Maps Online (maps charting the last 400 years of historical development in Illinois and the Northwest Territory); and Sousa Archives Music Instrument Digital Image Library (images of rare cornets and trumpets, early boxwood clarinets and flutes, unique double-reed sarrusophones, bassoons and Heckelphone, unusual harps and zithers, prototype electronic Hawaiian guitars and Sal Mar Construction, and Civil War era military horns in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.

Learn More About These Digital Collections
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